b. 1990, Seattle, Washington
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY
Marcus Leslie Singleton is a Seattle born artist celebrated for his distinctive figurative paintings that deftly intertwine personal observations with broader societal themes. A devoted observer, Singleton is always armed with a notebook, capturing anything of interest, be it people, phrases, or random thoughts. Using the sketches as source material for his paintings, his process demands a delicate balance of interpretation and recollection. Through natural, carefree, and playful brush strokes, his work offers meditations on broader issues of race, representation and the historical significance of everyday moments; “I’m interested in creating new paths that aim to contextualize aesthetic beliefs and inspire people to unlearn and humanize us presently and, in the future,” Singleton explains. Using spontaneity, scale, and expressive placement of color, Singleton’s paintings offer a jovial yet serious perspective that is both poignant and bold.
Singleton’s first solo-exhibition with Mitchell-Innes & Nash will take place in December 2023. His works have been included in solo and group shows at The Drawing Center, New York, NY (2022); Jupiter Contemporary, Miami Beach, FL (2022); Journal Gallery, New York, NY (2022); September Gallery, Hudson, NY (2021); University Art Museum, Albany, NY (2021); Superposition Gallery, Amagansett, NY (2021); Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2020); Journal Gallery, New York, NY (2020); TURN Gallery, New York, NY (2019); Medium Tings, Brooklyn, NY (2018) among others. Recent museum acquisitions include the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL, San Antonio Art Museum, San Antonio, TX and the Portland Museum of Art, Portland, Maine.
All images © Marcus Leslie Singleton.